Dleg

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  1. It's a decent family film. too. My 13 year old son is just now sort of becoming aware of society, and this movie raised a lot of questions for him and some good discussion afterward.
  2. Sure, to the extent that I don't compromise the exam process. My oral exam was held at a nearby university, and was proctored by two local BCEEs. I had asked them for several months what to prepare for, and they, in turn, asked AAEES for guidance. The only guidance that came back was that there was no real way to prepare (unlike with the written exam, for which i understand there is a preparation guide book), and to just show up and answer as best I could. The exam was a little more formal than I was expecting. They showed up with prepared question sets for the specialty that I was applying for (water supply and wastewater). There were two question sets for me. Each one was focused on a specific and specialized subject within my industry. They were not necessarily subjects that would have been taught in school (they were pretty narrowly focused), but definitely topics that you would know something about if you had been working in the industry for 12 or more years, or whatever the minimum is for the oral exam option. Once they read the basic description of the scenario or subject, then they would start asking the scripted questions, which were designed to provide for more of a discussion, definitely not problem solving type stuff. During my answers, they would ask clarifying questions and take lots of notes. I have no idea what the criteria is for passing or failing, maybe they told me, but I get the impression that it's a combination of your answers (they must have some guidance on what the correct range of answers could be) and the interviewer's judgment of whether or not you actually know what you're talking about. Obviously I can't share with you what the topics or questions were, but I did see that they were pre-prepared, printed question sets, so obviously this is a pretty well organized system, and I can only guess that they have several question sets to choose from for each specialty. The two topics I was given happened to be ones that I had some personal experience with, so that was a relief, but one of them was on a subject that I had not personally, directly performed work, so I stated that to the proctors and tried my best anyway, which was adequate because I was at least familiar with the subject from the implementation side, if not the theory/standards side. So I'd say just go in sharp and well rested, and you should do fine. Of course, if you're doing the written exam, I have no idea what to expect there. I think they provide a study guide for that.
  3. I went to see it last week. I thought it was very good, with a pretty uplifting racial/gender equality message (as well as embarrassment at the "way things were"). The Fairbanks audience erupted in applause when it was done, and this isn't what you would call an enlightened place, typically. And apparently the movie's depiction of people and events was mostly true, unlike other movies which I have enjoyed, only to find out they really falsified a lot of stuff to make better entertainment (Eddie the Eagle, Sully). I recommend it.
  4. That's just gross.
  5. I have a feeling that after all this hacking stuff gets processed, this will be what we get issued:
  6. On the artwork side, Moana really nailed the look and feel of the tropical Pacific. Really made walking out of the theater into the dark and snow difficult.
  7. So you guys are paying for a personal account with GoTo meeting? I have a feeling that I would technically be getting myself in trouble security-wise by going with a private solution like that. I probably just need to find someone with access to a government Skype account. I have learned since yesterday that some of my group members can't even do WebEx due to government agency firewalls, even though it's a government WebEx account. This is bascially becoming an impossible task to accomplish across multiple government agencies and private non-profits.
  8. Yeah, but biking primariy works different muscles (gives your running muscles and tendons the break they deserve), and can acually work out your hear and lungs better than running, at least for us slowpokes.
  9. Thanks for the suggestions, @knight1fox3
  10. I was wondering what recommendations people have for hosting conference calls with slides or screen sharing. I have access to WebEx, but the problem I have is that there are always some people who can't get it to work on their machines. Adobe connect seems to have the same problems, and like WebEx, you need access to a paid account if you want more than 2 people connected. Are there any simple, free, on-line conference hosting programs that people recommend?
  11. How are guys ever supposed to get girlfriends, if they don't make manual transmissions? Seriously - I got at least 4 dates out of "I can teach you how to drive a stick" while in college.
  12. Running on a tropical island is nice, just don't do it in the middle of the day.
  13. I think it will come with certain automation features built into the roads and highways - transmitters at intersections and the like, signalling the smart cars with that sort of information. I'll go out on a limb and say the interstates and then the inner urban areas of certain well-to-do cities will be the first. On other roads the driver wills till be on their own.
  14. I can totally see it happening in my lifetime. The technology is there, it just has to be perfected. Shit, if you can now buy a virtually self-flying quad copter as a "toy" for less than $50, I am pretty sure a self-driving car is not very far behind. I would enjoy that, too, especially if the alcohol laws are relaxed.
  15. It's all about further thwarting Darwinism. Some engineer will be able to claim he saved 35,000 lives a year by removing the human factor from our highways. Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. (according to the CDC): Heart disease: 614,348 • Cancer: 591,699 • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101 • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053 • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103 • Alzheimer's disease: 93,541 • Diabetes: 76,488 • Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227 • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146 • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773 And of the accidental deaths: All unintentional injury deaths Number of deaths: 136,053 Deaths per 100,000 population: 42.7 Cause of death rank: 4 Unintentional fall deaths Number of deaths: 31,959 Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.0 Motor vehicle traffic deaths Number of deaths: 35,398 Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.1 Unintentional poisoning deaths Number of deaths: 38,851 Deaths per 100,000 population: 12.3